Why Don't Students Like School?

  • by Daniel T. Willingham
  • Narrated by Paul Costanzo
  • 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Kids are naturally curious, but when it comes to school it seems like their minds are turned off. Why is it that they can remember the smallest details from their favorite television programs, yet miss the most obvious questions on their history test? Cognitive scientist Dan Willingham has focused his acclaimed research on the biological and cognitive basis of learning and has a deep understanding of the daily challenges faced by classroom teachers. This book will help teachers improve their practice by explaining how they and their students think and learn - revealing the importance of story, emotion, memory, context, and routine in building knowledge and creating lasting learning experiences.
In this breakthrough book, Willingham has distilled his knowledge of cognitive science into a set of nine principles that are easy to understand and have clear applications for the classroom. Some examples of his surprising findings are:


"Learning styles" don't exist. The processes by which different children think and learn are more similar than different.
Intelligence is malleable. Intelligence contributes to school performance and children do differ, but intelligence can be increased through sustained hard work.
You cannot develop "thinking skills" in the absence of facts. We encourage students to think critically, not just memorize facts. However, thinking skills depend on factual knowledge for their operation. Why Don't Students Like School is a basic primer for every teacher who wants to know how their brains and their students' brains work and how that knowledge can help them hone their teaching skills.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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What the Critics Say

"Corporate trainers, marketers and, not least, parents---anyone who cares about how we learn---should find his book valuable reading." (The Wall Street Journal)

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A great challenge to hyped up learning trends

A lot of learning theory books tell you these key principles, yet no book I've read so far has looked at it from this perspective. It is insightful, practical, drills down to core principles, and really makes you think deeper about the common learning trends which now people misuse so badly. Highly recommended to any teacher, parent, instructional designer, and learning specialist.
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- QualityHunter

Great Book

Very interesting book with some great information. For me, what let it down was the narrating. I just found the guy's voice to be a bit too monotonous.
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- W. Wilson "Football coach working in Mexico. I listen to books on sport, psychology. science fiction, as well as the classics."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-09-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio